The Living F.R.E.E. Lab is a research group focused on developing and evaluating interventions to treat and prevent disordered eating behaviors and obesity among women of color.

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We have some great people working with Living F.R.E.E. Lab.

Our team is comprised of social work and public health researchers, and graduate students at UNC-Chapel Hill.


We work hard to conduct research to improve eating behaviors.

Our most recent projects have been focused on reducing binge eating among women with overweight and obesity.


We are always looking for people to become involved in the work at Living F.R.E.E. Lab.

Interested in participating in one of our research studies? Interested in joining the Living F.R.E.E. Lab team?


Introducing: Mariah Cowell, a 2nd Year MSW Student

Mariah is so excited to be a part of the Living F.R.E.E. Lab. This is her second year working with Dr. Goode. Mariah is a second-year full-time graduate student in the community management and policy practice concentration at the UNC School of Social Work. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from UNC Charlotte. […]

Welcome to our newest lab member!

We are so excited to have Courtney Cooper-Lewter joining our lab this Fall. Courtney is a rising 2nd-year dual degree student in the Schools of Social Work and Public Administration at UNC-Chapel Hill. She has a background in International Studies and the Spanish language. She has also been involved in research around family engagement with […]

Research Studies


The Feasibility of a Binge Eating Intervention in Black Women with Obesity

The purpose of this study was to examine the feasibility of Appetite Awareness Training in a sample of Black women with overweight and obesity.


Reducing Binge Eating to Prevent Weight Gain in Black Women: A Pilot Study

The purpose of this study is to examine if Appetite Awareness Training has the potential to reduce binge eating and prevent weight gain over 6 months.


Exploring the “Why” Behind the Binge Eating Behaviors of Black Women

The purpose of this study is to examine the factors affecting the binge eating behaviors of Black women.